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In a representative democracy, men and women serving in public office – whether elected or appointed – must view their service as a public trust.   Each day, men and women raise their right hands to be sworn in as executives, legislators and administrators, agreeing to protect and defend the constitutions of the United States and of their home States, and the laws, rules and regulations of their governmental subdivisions. 

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March 4, 2015 FEMA settles first wave of NY, NJ Sandy insurance litigation

Source: Reuters

Federal disaster relief officials have settled with a first swath of Hurricane Sandy victims who were denied insurance claims or underpaid for property damage caused by the historic 2012 storm, attorneys said on Tuesday.

March 4, 2015 Air pollution will kill thousands in Europe, EEA warns

Source: The Guardian

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans will suffer a premature death in the next two decades as the result of governments’ failure to act on air pollution, Europe’s environmental watchdog has warned.

March 4, 2015 Round 2: Health Care Law Faces The Supreme Court Again - text/audio

Source: NPR

Round 2 in the legal battle over Obamacare hits the Supreme Court's intellectual boxing ring Wednesday. In one corner is the Obama administration, backed by the nation's hospitals, insurance companies, physician associations and...

Research & Insights

March 4, 2015 The twelve Federal Reserve banks: Governance and accountability in the 21st century

Source: Brookings

Chronicling the politics that led to the creation of the twelve Reserve Banks and the pursuant legal and political consequences, this paper argues that the Federal Reserve’s quasi-private Reserve Banks are, at best, opaque and...

March 4, 2015 New Study Says Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian Civil War

Source: Slate

By now, it’s pretty clear that we’re starting to see visible manifestations of climate change beyond far-off melting ice sheets. One of the most terrifying implications is the increasingly real threat of wars sparked in part by...

March 4, 2015 How Climate Change Will Alter New York City’s Skyline

Source: Wired

Last week, The New York City Panel on Climate Change released a new report detailing exactly how climate scientists expect New York City to change over over the next 100 years, focusing on projected increases in temperature and...

Commentary & Opinion

March 3, 2015 The Future of American Power and Influence

Council on Foreign Relations - whether commercial, noncommercial, educational, or promotional, is expressly prohibited without the written permission of the copyright owner, the îCouncil on Foreign Relationsî. For...

March 2, 2015 The ‘next America’ is now

Source: Washington Post

The central problem of American governance is how to create a political system that advances the nation’s long-term interests even though politics is dominated by groups avidly pursuing their short-term self-interest. Power may...

February 25, 2015 Keystone Solution Runs Through Canada

Source: Michael Bloomberg

The Keystone XL pipeline has become a perfect symbol of Washington’s dysfunction. Democrats exaggerate its environmental impact while Republicans exaggerate its economic benefits. In the debate, each side talks past the other,...


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